Welcome to the English Language Arts Department. We hope that this site will help you better understand our programs and course selections. For more information contact you child's school or Counseling Center.
New York State Educational Learning Standards for English Language Arts
The New York State Education Department has established learning standards for English Language Arts denoting the skills and abilities each student should attain at various levels of his or her education - elementary, middle and high school levels. For a complete list of the learning standards for English Language Arts, click here.
South Colonie English Language Arts Department Curriculum
The Language Arts—reading, writing, listening and speaking—play a major role in the educational program of each elementary student. District goals and the New York State Learning Standards guide the Language Arts course of study. In the elementary grades, students are expected to learn to read, write, listen and speak:
for information and understanding
for literary response and expression
for critical analysis and evaluation
for social interaction
In South Colonie, we strive to
develop students’ skills in all modes of communication and to
help students become proficient, enthusiastic literate
individuals who will contribute to a global society. Literacy
development is monitored through locally developed assessments,
standardized, and state tests. The assessments developed locally
provide a method for teachers to monitor ongoing progress
through systematic observation. Teachers evaluate evidence of
what a child already knows, understands, and is able to do.
gathered in this manner will inform and guide instruction on increasingly difficult tasks.
The goal of the Middle School English Language Arts program is to present students with English experiences based on National, New York State and South Colonie Standards. For more on the middle school English Language Arts curriculum, click here.
High school students must complete 4 units in the English to complete the New York State's requirements for earning a Regents or an Advanced Regents diploma.